In an announcement today, M. Barnett Lawley, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, declared that some of the coastal waters that were closed following Hurricane Katrina will officially reopen, effective at 6:00 a.m. Monday, October 3, 2005.
In accordance with the provisions of Emergency Rule 220-6.49-.137ER,. adopted on September 6, 2005, the following waters are hereby reopened to vessels and watercraft for all otherwise lawful use: all coastal waters of Alabama in Mississippi Sound, including Portersville Bay, north of a line from Barron Point westward to the south end of Coffee Island (Isle Aux Herbes) then westward to the easternmost tip of the South Rigolets (30 22.271N – 88 23.490) and all coastal waters of Alabama in Mississippi Sound west of the Dauphin Island Bridge and south of the Intracoastal Waterway.
These waters had previously been closed from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.